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Grant to bolster EPIC's parent coaching program

Every Person Influences Children received a $5,000 grant Tuesday from the Niagara Area Foundation to help bolster its one-on-one parent coaching and child mentoring program offered in Niagara County shelters.

The Buffalo-based agency runs a program to help mothers maintain custody of their children through parent interventions and provide them information, guidance and resources to help them provide a healthy environment for their children to live and grow.

It is the second grant awarded recently to EPIC for parenting programs in the Niagara region. The agency also works with UB/MD physicians' group.

Many children helped through the program have experienced some form of trauma due to domestic violence or homelessness. These children are at risk of displaying aggressive and defiant behaviors, disrespecting and hitting their mothers and other authoritative figures, and exhibiting a lack of self-control and good judgment.

A "role model" coach works with the children in groups, as well as one-on-one, providing guidance, support and influencing positive interaction with the other children residing at the shelter, their siblings and their mothers.

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